Every day, I’m scouring the Internet for land use and environmental news from around the state and around the world that mean something for us here in Hawaii. Today’s best: public land without public access, trails so busy they can’t be maintained and environmentalists’ scheme to cause the oil spill.

  • Beaches are public land, but access is not guaranteed to the shores below the old Papaikou sugar mill. A Big Island planner tells the Hawaii Tribune-Herald that it’s illegal to cross private property, even if there is no other route.
  • Solar panel installers complain to the Honolulu Advertiser that they’re losing business amid confusion over tax credits after state Tax Department tried to stop abuse.
  • Civil Beat had it first, but the Advertiser today reports that this past wet season season was one of the driest of the past 55 years.
  • Each year, 500,000 hikers clog the first two miles of Kauai’s once-idyllic Kalalau Trail, making volunteer restoration efforts difficult.
  • A roundup of reaction to the American Power Act — aka the Senate’s new climate change bill. One prevailing question from many camps: Is it even worth the effort to pass it this year?
  • Senators from California, Oregon and Washington this week proposed a permanent ban on drilling for oil off the Pacific coast. They don’t specifically mention Hawaii, but then again, maybe they don’t have to.
  • In other spill-related news: A new poll shows that 10 percent of Americans believe environmentalists intentionally sabotaged the Deepwater Horizon rig, leading to the explosion and subsequent oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, as part of a scheme to demonize offshore drilling. Really?

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